I just spent the past five days in Vegas. Right now there are suitcases, tote bags and clothing strewn across my room (much to my husband’s dismay). Miss E has been super helpful and unzipping every pocket and exploring every nook and cranny.

“What’s this Mommy?” she says intrigued.

Um, yeah, it was a tampon. Awesome. I grab it and take it into the bathroom. “Just something for mommy honey!”

Then a few minutes later “Hmmm, what this?”

YIKES! It was an Excedrin Migraine tablet that must have fallen out into my suitcase. I quickly took it from her, explained it was mommy’s medicine and to never put anything in your mouth that you find on the floor.

Yeah right. Good luck with that. I’ve witnessed my kids eat M&Ms and Goldfish that might well be months (years?) old.

Scary stuff.

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Did you know that every day 4 busloads of kids are taken to the ER for accidental medicine ingestion? Annually, that’s more than 60,000 kids per year and often times, it’s a parent’s or grandparent’s medicine that the child has gotten into. In fact, 38% of the time, the medicine belonged to a grandparent, 39% it’s a parent’s medicine. Children most commonly find these medicines on kitchen counters, nightstands and dressers, in purses and bags, or on the ground.

Look around your house. Do you have vitamins out on the counter? I see some right now from where I’m sitting. (Pause. Gets up. Puts them up in the cabinet.)

Up & Away

We try really hard. Most of our medicines are up in a high cabinet in our kitchen or in our bathroom out of reach. But after reading through the Up & Away website I realize that I’m not always as careful as I could be. When my kids are sick, the medicine they take usually sits up on our bar so we don’t forget to give it to them. Well guess what? Both kids could easily climb up and grab it. I am now thanking my lucky stars for the fact that neither child is a good medicine taker so they haven’t been interested.

Education and awareness about safe medicine storage is key. Follow these tips from Up & Away:

  • Store all medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight, even if you have to use them again in a few hours.
  • Keep purses, bags, and coats that contain medicines or vitamins out of reach and sight.
  • Never leave medicines or vitamins out on a table, countertop, or sink.
  • Always make sure that caps are tightly locked and medicines put away after every use.
  • Teach kids that medicine is not candy and you are the one who must give it to them.
  • Set a convenient daily reminder to take your medicines and vitamins.
  • Program the national Poison Help number, 1-800-222-1222 into your phone, in case of emergency.



Be sure to talk with grandparents and caregivers about safe medicine storage as well. We often remind them about electric outlets and medicines are often overlooked. It just takes once.

Up and Away is an educational program to remind families of the importance of safe medicine storage. It is an initiative of the PROTECT Initiative, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association Educational Foundation. I am being compensated for this blog post but my opinions are all my own.

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And I’m off to Vegas, baby

by Erin L. on September 5, 2014

I’ve got a small pit in the bottom of my stomach. It happens every time I fly now that I have two kids at home.

It’s been a crazy past few weeks. Kindergarten started. Preschool started. We threw a birthday party for my 90 year old grandmother. My FIL came to stay with us for awhile. Oh, and I also have work that has to get done.

Today I am off to Vegas for my 9th ABC Kids Expo.

I love this show. There’s just something about the energy of the attendees, exhibitors and the awesome baby/kid’s products on display. I’ve been on both sides. For six years, I designed a booth, arranged staff flights, hotel rooms, organized set-up and tear-down and sweated my tail off as we arranged product, signage and lighting in 100 degree Vegas heat. The past two years, I’ve gone as media, scouring booth after booth for the latest and greatest products to write about on both this site and BabyCenter.

This year I get to do a little of both. I’ll be spending most of my time with a client, managing their social media accounts from the booth and meeting with bloggers. The rest Ill be roaming the show searching for new carriers and high chairs to share with you. Coleen and baby D are ready to test some new things out and share them with you!

With Miss E being 3 1/2 I’ve reached the stage where most of the products don’t apply to me. That is a super weird feeling. But don’t worry, I’ll be checking out the booster seats and diaper bags (because I just can’t give those up!)

So back to the flying…

I’ll be gone for five whole days and it’s been awhile since I’ve been away from my kids that long. Most trips are a long weekend for a conference and that’s it. Once I get to Vegas I’ll be in the zone and it’ll fly by. But leaving? Leaving is hard. I’m grateful for a dear friend who will watch the kids until my husband gets home from work. Taking a cab will save me the tears that inevitably come when I kiss the kids one last time in their car seats.

It didn’t use to be this way. I used to love flying. But having kids changed all that.

I’m excited for this trip. I’m ready to work.

But I’m going to miss my little love bugs. Today I kissed Miss E’s hand a million times and put it over her heart. I told her all my kisses were stored there just in case she needed a few while I was gone. She said “Mommy, my kisses are always in your heart too!”



Who needs an iPad mini? {giveaway}

September 2, 2014

Tablets are amazing. After several years of just ignoring the trend (and using my teeny, tiny iPhone) I finally got on board. Today it came in incredibly handy as we sat in the carpool line for 25 minutes. Miss E could play on one device and I could use the other. Worried a tablet will be too big to manage, then consider the iPad mini. We use our tablet for school, work, to read books, to help with scheduling, browsing the internet, social media, games, entertainment, and so MUCH more! [...]

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Getting back into a routine (#HealthyEssentials + $40 in coupons)

September 1, 2014
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Routine! Can you hear me singing with the angels? This week it’s about get…normal. Now don’t get me wrong, I love summer. We had a great time, went on a few trips, enjoyed time together as a family and swam a lot. But it’s time to get back to it. This week BOTH kids will be back in school. It’s A’s first full week of kindergarten and Miss E. is on a modified schedule at preschool. Mama might actually get some work done in a regularly scheduled fashion. No 15 [...]

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It might be time for an #icecreamrun

August 30, 2014
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Someone asked me once if I could give up sugar.  I’ve thought about it long and hard, but there’s one thing that stands in the way (well besides coffee – I take mine with a side of flavored creamer) – ICE CREAM. I just love it – all of it. My favorite is Mint Chocolate Chip. But really if you hand me a cup or a cone of anything I’m going to eat it. As I child I have fond memories of getting ice cream. We’d go to a local [...]

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Why is it so hard to ignore our children?

August 27, 2014
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“I don’t want to leave,” she yells from the back seat. “I want to go to ChickFila.” I calmly tell her that maybe we can get ChickFila on Friday, but not today. “I WANT IT TODAY!!” Her voice grows louder and louder, in turn causing my calmness to fly right out the window. “Well with an attitude like that, we aren’t even going to get it on Friday.” She starts to kick the back of the seat and I swiftly reach out around and swat at her legs. “NO MA’AM. [...]

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